JOHN DAY, OR- Visitors should prepare for all weather conditions, let someone know your plans, as well as the estimated time of return. Please use caution when driving or recreating in the backcountry and primitive areas, as you may encounter down trees, muddy, snowy or ice covered roads.
Firewood cutting and campfires are permitted on the Malheur National Forest.
It is the Christmas Tree Season, tags are available at all Malheur National Forest offices, they are $5.00 each, limit 5 per household.
· Huddleston Sno-Park is open for the season
· Starr Sno-Park is open for the season
· Dixie Sno-Park is open for the season
· Idlewild Sno-Park is open for the season
· Starr Snow Bowl Play area is open for the season (pass not required for this area)
Sno-Parks passes can be purchased at any DMV office, Chesters Thriftway, 631 West Main Street John Day, or at Burns Ford Inc. 188 N. Broadway, Burns.
Passes are available for $3.00 per day, $7.00 for 3 day (consecutive), or $20.00 for annual.
For more information on passes and Sno-Parks visit: http://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/vehicle/sno_park_permits.aspx
Visitors to Sno-Parks should be prepared for snow or ice covered roads, and changing weather conditions. Wear layers, as well as tinted eye protection to prevent snow blindness. Recreationists should be mindful of snowmobilers; folk’s snowshoeing or skiing in the area.
When hiking, skiing or snowshoeing on the forest during the winter months please be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. The Malheur National Forest does not physically close trails during the winter; however trails are not maintained during the winter months, visitors should be prepared for downed trees, snow and debris on the trails.
For Parish Cabin Fire Closure area, please visit the Malheur National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/